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Edible Landscapes

Provide fresh fruit and vegetables to people in food insecure neighborhoods.

Edible Landscapes is an award-winning program through Mecklenburg County Public Health that establishes community gardens and orchards to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to communities who need it. The department works to install them through partnerships with community and faith-based organizations positioned in food insecure neighborhoods.


Installations occur in early spring (March to May) and late fall (October to November). We spend the months leading up to the install: 

  • Planning together and ensuring that you are set up for success 
  • Determining what and when to plant
  • Establishing what to do when harvesting 
  • Creating a sustainable volunteer program who will assist in the install, maintenance, and harvest of the landscape

After the Installation

The community partner is responsible to maintain the landscape by planting, pruning, and tending to the landscape. Harvesting, measuring the harvest, an distributing the fruits of the landscape throughout the season is also the responsibility of the organization.

Request an Edible Landscape at your organization.

Map and Locations

Anyone who wishes to volunteer or take advantage of the Edible Landscapes program should contact and work with the locations for edible landscapes listed below.

Allegra Westbrook Regional Library

2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216

Amity Presbyterian Church

2831 N. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte, NC 28205

Another Chance House of Refuge

1818 Kennesaw Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216

Berean Junior Academy

3748 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

2921 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208

Brisbane Academy

5901 Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC 28269

Bread of Life Deliverance Church

1245 Tom Hunter Road, Charlotte, NC 28213

Chapel of Christ The King Church

425 East 17th Street, Charlotte, NC 28206

Cochrane Collegiate Academy

6200 Starhaven Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215

Davidson Community Garden

403 Potts St, Charlotte, NC 28036

The Heights Ministry Church

2137 B Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28216

Iglesia Puerto Nuevo

9401 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28273

Kingdom Harvest Bibleway Church

5236 Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC 28269

Martin Luther King, Jr. MIddle School

500 Bilmark Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28213

Mecklenburg County Public Health -SEHD

249 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

Moore's Sanctuary AME Zion Church

4101 Morris Field Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208

Mountain Island Lake Academy

905 Pleasant Grove Road, Charlotte, NC 28216

New Zion Missionary Baptist Church

217 W. Todd Lane, Charlotte, NC 28208

Niner Academy at Amay James

2414 Lester St, Charlotte, NC 28208

Northridge Middle School

7601 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28215

Reeder Memorial Baptist Church

3725 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216

Rockwell AME Zion Church

6101 Rockwell Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28269

Pine Valley Neighborhood Park

2422 Longleaf Drive, Charlote, NC 28210

Shiloh Institutional Baptist Church

2400 Greenland Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208

Steele Creek Church -Eastfield

11800 Eastfield Road, Charlotte, NC 28078

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center

943 West Sugar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28213

Thomasboro Academy

538 Bradford Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208

Urban Institute for Strengthening Families

8801 Grier Road, Charlotte, NC 28215

West Mecklenburg High School

7400 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28214

Will of God Outreach Ministries

4700 Willard St, Charlotte, NC 28208

Woods Friendly Community Garden

9415 Monarda Court, Charlotte, NC 28216

Zealous Empowering Nurturer, Inc (ZEN)

3811 Prosperity Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28269

Awards and Recognitions

The National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded the Edible Landscapes program an Achievement Award in the Health category in 2019. The program was cited as an example of how community representatives and food security stakeholders work together to address public health priorities. This effort successfully improves access to fresh produce and demonstrates that edible landscapes can be part of a multi-level approach to improving the availability of healthy foods.

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Contact Us

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 980-314-9485